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CAVIL. Sophism, subtlety. Cavilis a captious argument, by which a conclusion evidently false, is drawn from a principle evidently true: Ea est natura cavillationis ut ab evidenter veris, per brevissimas mutationes disputatio, ad ea quce evidentur falsa sunt perducatur. Dig. 60, 16, 177 et 233; Id. 17, 65; Id. 33, 2, 88.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Forest equalised after 53 minutes but Danni Selmes put Villa ahead again four minutes later only for Forest to be back on kevel terms within two minutes.
I soon found myself reading the novels with both an atlas and a dictionary close at hand; occasionally I copied out one or another of O'Brian's paragraphs (for the pleasure of the rhythms as well as for the lesson in rhetoric), and sometimes I made short lists of definition--of terms specific to sailing ships (grumlin-futtocks, kevel, becket, Bentinck courses, crosscatharpings, etc.), also of words unknown that fell graciously on my ear:
Gonzalez battles GM Kevel Oliva Castaneda of Cuba, while Miciano and Frayna compete with Torbjorn Glimbrant of Sweden and IM Alexey Fernandez Cardoso of Cuba.